Mentoring Network

Are you a first or second year Kansas Music Educator?
Or, are you a pre-service teacher who will student teach in the 2019-20 school year?

JOIN the Mentoring Network to…

  • CONNECT with experienced mentors and fellow beginning music educators.
  • ENGAGE in professional learning through mentoring events and online discussions.
  • ENJOY SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT from a professional community that is committed to your success.

Mentoring Events
KMEA has an outstanding line-up of mentoring events for our new Kansas music educators, including District Mentoring Kick-off meetings (August/September), Mentoring Conferences (September/October), and special sessions at the In-Service Workshop (February). – Mentoring Event Info and Registration

Communication

Monthly E-mails
As a member of the Mentoring Network, you will receive “just in time” and “looking ahead” information from your KMEA district’s Mentor Chair. They will help you to stay on top of dates and deadlines for KSHSAA and KMEA events and share other important info.

Mentoring Helplines
Each KMEA District webpage has a link to the Mentoring Helpline for that district. Use the link to ask questions or to request resources or help. A member of the Mentoring Network will get back with you quickly.

Dates and Deadlines
Be sure to refer to the Dates & Deadlines page in the New Teachers Handbook as well as the Calendar pages on the state and district websites.

Are you an experienced teacher who is new to Kansas?
Welcome!! While the KMEA State and District websites are a great resource to help you learn how things work in Kansas, sometimes it helps to talk through the details with an experienced colleague. Contact mentoring[at]ksmea.org to ask questions or to get connected with job-alike colleagues in your area.

Become a Mentor
The KMEA Mentoring Network is cultivating a list of teachers who have a passion for mentoring. If you are a current or retired KMEA member with a minimum of six years of teaching experience, consider joining the KMEA Mentoring Network. Mentors are needed to serve in a variety of capacities, including serving as a mentor at district, regional or state mentoring events, supporting experienced teachers who are new to Kansas, joining online mentoring discussions, and developing resources for new music educators. As our program grows, state and district mentor chairs will reach out to you when help is needed. Whatever role you play in the network, your expertise is appreciated. Sign up to become a mentor.

New Teacher Handbook
Be sure to check out the New Teacher Handbook, a helpful resource designed for both first and second year teachers and experienced teachers who are new to Kansas.